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De-Cluttering The Home

Do you find your decor is ever-changing? If your anything like me, your home decor changes on a whim and usually it’s only a few weeks before things are being moved around or reconfigured. I almost find this to be a relaxing technique after doing it for so long, like somehow changing the way my space looks will make me feel more settled and content.

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After Mr. W and I got married in November we re-inherited 60% of our wedding decor we had purchased and sold the rest This meant that somehow all that wedding decor ended up being spread around our 620 sq ft apartment and fit into any nook or cranny I could find. We have our globe guest book sitting atop our shoe shelf in the bedroom, our vintage crate that once held happy tear hankies, now holds our books and the full season of The Office (who doesn’t love Jim and Pam) and our wood rounds that were used for centerpieces are now giving our apartment a rustic feel in the best way possible.

But it won’t be like this forever. Once spring hits, we get into clean out mode and everything will be reshuffled and go through the ever grueling process of stay or go. But just like our bodies need to cleanse or our cars need to be washed, the house needs to be de-clutter and cleaned just as regularly. I have found a few good rules when it comes to this process, something we try to stick to even when attachment gets the best of us:

  • Have we used it in the last 6 months? If not, it’s time to go.
  • Can this be re-purposed somewhere else? Because sometimes the item just needs to be in the right place for it to work.
  • Are we keeping this for attachment or because we really love it? It’s a true tale that it’s easy to keep things out of guilt, personal attachment or because you really don’t know what to do with it. If you can’t find a use, lose it.
  • Is it sitting broken or waiting to be fixed? Again, it’s easy to keep things you *may* get around to fixing or taking to get repaired but actually doing something about it is the hard part. If you haven’t needed it since it broke, it’s time to move on.
  • Can’t Decide? Make Groups! If you have a hard time deciding what should go and what should stay, make groups. Start simple and stick with the 3 mains: Keep, Throw Away/Donate or Recycle. Eliminate the thought of maybe and get real about what you really need to keep.

It can be a hard process, but a worthwhile one if you can really dig your feet in. I suggest you try to do this process every 3-6 months depending on your space and see how you feel. Who knows, maybe you’ll love it!

-K

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